Yes, it’s still Easter, the Season of Resurrection and New Life. And there’s been a great deal of Life happening at our church the past couple of months. As the children’s song goes: The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
Our Children and Youth have enjoyed a wonderful springtime of events. From filling cleanup buckets for Church World Service to a festive Easter Egg Hunt to an amazing Art Fest, there’s been ample meaningful fun. To top it off, the Confirmation Class will finish the year with a special service on May 22. I hope everyone will come support our youth, hear their unique Credos (personal belief statements), and participate in this inspiring worship service.
Many thanks to Carol Porter for coming up with the Art Fest idea. She envisioned a Spring Celebration of Art and Community where kids and adults could gather and get creative after two years of Covid. Four other artists (Don Clarke, Wesley Meacombs, and two of Carol’s friends) contributed to make the day a great success (along with Trish McKenzie from Fellowship and volunteers from our Children & Youth Committee). Wesley created this painting as a demo…
All this programming is fantastic, but the Children & Youth Committee and I need help! Thus, we’re seeking a Children and Youth Program Coordinator. This person will take the lead on our fall plans for hosting more special events and resuming in-person Sunday School Classes. Please help us find the right match by sharing this position description far and wide.
To continue the line-up of wonderful spring events, the Seabury Celebration of Service was held at the Washington National Cathedral on May 4. Each year, UCC and Episcopal Churches in the DC area honor senior members of their congregations who have served as active lay leaders. This year, we nominated Carol L. Rogers, who has been our Moderator, a choir member, a participant in many groups and activities, and is deeply committed to social justice. It was a wonderful service, with our UCC Conference Minister Freeman Palmer preaching. Congratulations, Carol!
As a final bit of good news, Celestine was able to ship a donated car completely packed with donated and salvaged goods to his family and community in Nigeria this month. He was especially excited about the peanut butter he sent because his daughters love it so much. Due to greatly increased shipping costs (inflation and supply chain), there will be more fees to pay when the shipment arrives in Nigeria. If you’re able to help with a contribution, it would be gratefully received. Celestine wrote a Thank You card to the congregation last month telling us how very much he appreciates our ongoing assistance.
This Sunday, May 15, I look forward to welcoming four new members during worship. Each time new people join us, our congregation is renewed. So, Easter is the perfect Season for a New Member Welcome!